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Microsoft Details Windows 8 Upgrade Plans

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Microsoft has released Windows 8 upgrade details to manufacturers.

Microsoft has reportedly shared with select partners some of the specifics in regards to upgrading from Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 to the touch-focused Windows 8 slated to launch later this year. These specifics are separate from the latest Windows Upgrade Offer which allows consumers who purchased a Windows 7-based PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 to purchase a copy of Windows 8 Pro for $14.99.

According to a list obtained by ZDNet, users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 (entry-level) from Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium while maintaining their existing Windows settings, personal files and applications. They will also be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate while maintaining their existing Windows settings, personal files and applications.

As for Windows 8 Enterprise -- which will be available to volume licensees with Software Assurance contracts only -- customers will be able to upgrade from Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise while maintaining their existing Windows settings, personal files and applications.

Now for the legacy versions. For those upgrading to Windows 8 from Windows Vista without SP1 installed, only personal files (meaning data only) will be maintained. If upgrading from Vista with SP1, personal data and system settings will be maintained. Consumers still thriving on Windows XP will need Service Pack 3 or higher installed before upgrading to Windows 8. For this group, only personal files/data will be maintained.

Finally, consumers performing a cross-language and/or cross-architecture (32-bit to 64-bit) installation won't be able to upgrade or keep their Windows settings, files or applications. "Whether running Vista or Windows 7, these users won’t be able to keep their existing Windows settings, personal files and applications or data. They won’t be allowed to upgrade this way, period," ZDNet reports.

Windows 8 is expected to reach manufacturers in July 2012 while the consumer-based version arrives this fall.

Now the question remains: Is Windows 8 Worth $15 for New PC Owners?

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    drwho1 , June 29, 2012 1:11 AM
    "Now the question remains: Is Windows 8 Worth $15 for New PC Owners?"

    Weird, I thought that this stupid question had been answered already.
    Just in case, the answer again is NO.
    I won't be downgrading to Windows 8.
    Neither will most users, we will continue using Windows 7 until a REAL OS warrants an upgrade.

    Is that clear enough?
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    whimseh , June 29, 2012 1:55 AM
    I wouldn't upgrade if it were free. Windows 8 is terrible for desktops, what are they thinking?
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    wlachan , June 29, 2012 1:53 AM
    W8 could be the reason for the Mac sales surge the next 5 years.
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    sykozis , June 29, 2012 1:10 AM
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    Finally, consumers performing a cross-language and/or cross-architecture (32-bit to 64-bit) installation won't be able to upgrade or keep their Windows settings, files or applications. "Whether running Vista or Windows 7, these users won’t be able to keep their existing Windows settings, personal files and applications or data. They won’t be allowed to upgrade this way, period," ZDNet reports.

    Kinda makes it sound like this is something new....
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    drwho1 , June 29, 2012 1:11 AM
    "Now the question remains: Is Windows 8 Worth $15 for New PC Owners?"

    Weird, I thought that this stupid question had been answered already.
    Just in case, the answer again is NO.
    I won't be downgrading to Windows 8.
    Neither will most users, we will continue using Windows 7 until a REAL OS warrants an upgrade.

    Is that clear enough?
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2012 1:14 AM
    For a desktop PC, windows 8 is absolute garbage. I smell a failure on a scale greater than vista, just IMHO.

    Its great for tablets - however, what is great UI wise for tablets is NOT good for a desktop PC.
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    master_chen , June 29, 2012 1:33 AM


    :) 
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    killerclick , June 29, 2012 1:35 AM
    What will Microsoft do when they see Windows 8 adoption rates start dropping after a month or so? Is there going to be a free, mandatory upgrade from Windows 7? That's been their behavior lately, "if you don't like what we're doing, then you're wrong"
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    wlachan , June 29, 2012 1:53 AM
    W8 could be the reason for the Mac sales surge the next 5 years.
  • 11 Hide
    whimseh , June 29, 2012 1:55 AM
    I wouldn't upgrade if it were free. Windows 8 is terrible for desktops, what are they thinking?
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    shafe88 , June 29, 2012 1:56 AM
    killerclickWhat will Microsoft do when they see Windows 8 adoption rates start dropping after a month or so? Is there going to be a free, mandatory upgrade from Windows 7? That's been their behavior lately, "if you don't like what we're doing, then you're wrong"
    There isn't going to be a "free" mandatory upgrade, Microsoft would never give their OS away for free. What Microsoft will do is implament secure boot to prevent people from downgrading to win7 and to force people to upgrade to win9.
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    odd_enough , June 29, 2012 2:14 AM
    *facepalm*

    Is it worth it? HELL YES. I was against the desktop experience until I actually tried it as a workstation OS at home. "downgrade"? You, sir, are out of your mind. I normally work with multiple windows open at a time at the office. Yes, I understand it looks like it would be a downgrade, but I assure you, as a 3D artist who works with many multiple demanding programs at a time, this is an absolute step UP. The multi-monitor support is a very much needed upgrade. As for non-business users, I don't see Win8 being bad either. Metro is ultra-intuitive and the flow is perfect.

    So again, *facepalm* Why is everyone so scared of something different? O_o
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    DarkenMoon97 , June 29, 2012 2:16 AM
    It doesn't matter, unless W8 gets a huge change, i'm not upgrading.
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2012 2:18 AM
    I have been a long time Apple hater but windows 8 is so bad I might actually switch. Way to go Microsoft, destroying a good thing
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    gwwerner , June 29, 2012 2:22 AM
    I doubt that many of those who have made the choice to stay with xp will upgrade. If 7 wasn't enough to pull them away, 8 definitely won't be.
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    belardo , June 29, 2012 2:56 AM
    XP upgrade path...? ba..bwahahahaha! That is funny. Pretty much everyone STILL on XP are not going to touch Win8 with a stick or a supermodels's hands.

    I am a Vista hater... But I liked Windows7 enough to make it my primary OS while it was still pre-release version. Windows8... puke...

    Windows 8 - the first OS that rapes you.
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    Sonny73N , June 29, 2012 5:55 AM
    Hey Tomshardware, I read news on my iDevices. Every time I open a page on this site, the whole screen blacks out until I click the smallest fukcing x on your advertisement pane. Then comes the bottom right of the page being flipped up with the whole screen blurred out. What the fukc is this shiz? This is the second time I've addressed this issue that I demand you stop hijack my fukcing phone, damn lame azz b1tch!
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    rawoysters , June 29, 2012 6:52 AM
    Upgrade to Win 8 from Win 7? I think not.
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    azz156 , June 29, 2012 7:09 AM
    crazypcmanI have been a long time Apple hater but windows 8 is so bad I might actually switch. Way to go Microsoft, destroying a good thing


    wow u wanna go from a os that will still run all your programs fine to a os that will not run anything your use to and a completely different gui, please go troll somewhere else. my experience with the fud crowd from the computer store i work at 9 times out of 10 run pirated copies of windows so if your running a pirated copy of windows then you dont have any say in the matter
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    assasin32 , June 29, 2012 8:05 AM
    I loved XP, than moved to 7 which I have been using for 2 years now. It does a lot of things better, but it is also a downgrade in some areas for me which I rather have the old XP way. Most of which is in the GUI, I don't like the "Ohh SHINEY" approach I was barebones basic and effecient approach. KISS = Keep It Short & Simple. From what I've seen so far windows 8 haven't fullfilled that requirement yet for me, though it does a few things better from my knowledge it how it does things (though not in the GUI). I keep and eye out to see if that changes and if by release or SP1 if the desktop GUI is better I make a switch.

    But for now I wouldn't pay to "upgrade" even if it cost me $1, in fact they couldn't make me upgrade if they paid me a couple hundred to make the switch as it stands right now. And I really do hope that my attitude towards it changes by them making improvements or else I just may skip this one like I did Vista, though that was for how it wasn't fully supported by everything yet back than.
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    Cryio , June 29, 2012 9:39 AM
    I'll upgrade both my laptop and my PC Day 1 when Windows 8 is RTM'd
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    Cryio , June 29, 2012 9:39 AM
    I just love the speed and smoothness :D 
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    JOSHSKORN , June 29, 2012 10:03 AM
    drwho1"Now the question remains: Is Windows 8 Worth $15 for New PC Owners?"

    To loosely quote Robocop: "I wouldn't buy that for a dollar."
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